This Zelda Papercraft is the Skull Kid, based on the game The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. The Zelda Papercraft: Ocarina of Time – Skull Kid. A Skull Kid is what a child becomes after getting lost in the Lost Woods; at least one Skull Kid appears in Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Twilight Princess.
They first interact with Link in Ocarina of Time, and later a Skull Kid plays a major role in Majora’s Mask. Skull Kids dress in a red cloak and hat covering an underlayer of clothing comprised of a straw-like material, and play a flute, which they can also use as a weapon to shoot projectiles.
The Skull Kid becomes a central character in Majora’s Mask. Under the influence of the Majora’s Mask that he stole from the Happy Mask Salesman, Skull Kid becomes a powerful sorcerer. Using this new-found might, he wreaks havoc on the four worlds of Termina, ultimately attempting to destroy it by bringing the Moon down upon the land. He appears to be the main antagonist through most of the game, though he himself is not evil and is merely being controlled by the powers of Majora’s Mask. Skull Kid is self-centered and has an affinity for mischief. Due to his behavior and physical appearance, he is often called an imp. The Skull Kid is resented by most Terminians because of the tricks he plays on them, though he finds companionship in the sibling fairies Tatl and Tael. He is strongly implied to be the same Skull Kid as the one in the Lost Woods of Ocarina of Time.
Long ago, before land of Termina was split into four worlds, Skull Kid befriended the Four Giants. But on the day of the Carnival of Time, the guardian deities announced to the people of Termina that they would guard the land while laying dormant. With the world of Termina now split into four parts by the order of the Four Giants, each of the deities took one hundred steps towards their respective regions, telling their people that if trouble should befall them, they should call them in a loud voice declaring their predicament. Skull Kid, who had been friends with the giants even before they created the four worlds, became greatly afflicted with their decision and was woefully stricken by their departure. The imp, feeling neglected and alone, began to spread his anger and frustration throughout all of Termina. Overwhelmed with misfortune, the people of Termina called upon the Four Giants for aid. They answered with an infuriated roar, ordering the imp to leave Termina; otherwise they would tear him apart. Frightened by the giants’ anger and saddened by the loss of his old friends, Skull Kid returned to the heavens.
Whether the Skull Kid actually “returned to the heavens”, or this is merely a hyperbole in this story told by Anju’s Grandmother, Skull Kid somehow reappears in Termina prior to the events of Majora’s Mask. The two sibling fairies, Tatl and Tael, stumble upon the Skull Kid taking shelter from a storm in a tree hollow in Termina Field. He tells the fairies that “he had been fighting with his friends and that they had left him all alone.” Shivering from the cold, Skull Kid and the fairies huddle for warmth, and a bond between them is formed.
Later on, Skull Kid encounters the travelling Happy Mask Salesman at the crossroads of Hyrule and Termina, the Lost Woods. He steals the evil Majora’s Mask, a powerful artifact used by an Ancient Tribe for hexing rituals. The series of events that stem from this seemingly random occurrence constitute the plot of Majora’s Mask.
In the prologue of Majora’s Mask, Link appears riding on Epona in the Lost Woods. Along with Tatl and Tael, Skull Kid – now bearing Majora’s Mask – ambushes the young hero much in the same way as the Happy Mask Salesman. Startled by their sudden appearance, Epona rears up and throws Link off, knocking him unconscious. While comatose, Skull Kid rummages through Link’s personal effects and finds the Ocarina of Time. Fascinated by the object, he plays with the ocarina until Link awakens. He then jumps on Epona and rides away with the ocarina into an uncharted area of the woods. Link pursues him, falling into the hollow tree trunk that serves as the passageway to Termina. In a brief confrontation inside the cave, the Skull Kid informs Link that he “got rid of” Epona, claiming the young hero’s horse was disobedient and he was doing Link a favor by doing so. Using the powers of Majora’s Mask, the Skull Kid traps Link within the body of a Deku Scrub. He then leaves with Tael; Tatl is left behind. Link and Tatl forge an alliance and chase after Skull Kid, crossing the threshold into Termina.
Deku Link finds the Skull Kid atop Clock Tower at the end of the Final Day. He can make the Skull Kid drop the Ocarina of Time by targeting him and firing a Bubble Blast. With his ocarina returned to him, Link plays the Song of Time, turning back time to the first day. Link is returned to his normal self after learning the Song of Healing from the Happy Mask Salesman, who urges Link to retrieve the stolen Majora’s Mask from the Skull Kid lest the world be destroyed by its influence.
Granted tremendous power by the evil mask, the Skull Kid had imprisoned the Four Giants within their temples. Without their guardian deities and their respective temples tainted with evil, each of the four regions of Termina succumbed to various disasters. Skull Kid was also responsible for harming the Great Fairy, turning Kafei into a child, and informing the Gerudo Pirates of the Zora Eggs. He also threatened to break Professor Shikashi’s instruments. After following Tael’s advice and releasing the Four Giants from their respective prisons in the swamp, mountains, ocean, and canyon, Link returns to the top of the Clock Tower at the end of the Final Day to confront Skull Kid once again. Link summons the Four Giants using the Oath to Order to stop the Moon. This causes Skull Kid to pass out, at which point Majora’s Mask detaches itself from its puppet and rises into the Moon. Link follows it to engage in one final battle.
During the ending sequence of the game, following the defeat of Majora and the subsequent destruction of the Moon, Skull Kid, Link, the Happy Mask Salesman, and the Four Giants come together on the outskirts of Termina Field. The giants reassure Skull Kid – now free of Majora’s influence – of their friendship with him. After the giants return to their resting places, Skull Kid asks Link if they too could be friends, mentioning that he has the same smell as the “fairy kid” who taught him a song in the Lost Woods. This suggests that the Skull Kid is the one by the tree stump near the bridge in the Lost Woods in Ocarina of Time, to whom the young hero sells the Skull Mask. Finally, the group goes their separate ways. The last scene shows a drawing on a tree trunk made by the Skull Kid himself of Link, the Skull Kid, Tatl, Tael, and the Four Giants.
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